Conductor | Worldwide

Current Positions

  • Alarm Will Sound – Artistic Director and Co-founder
  • Crash Ensemble (Dublin) – Principal Conductor
  • Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble – Co-Director


Recent Positions

  • Brooklyn Philharmonic – Artistic Director
  • Indiana University Jacobs School of Music – Visiting Faculty Conductor
  • Eastman School of Music – Visiting Faculty Conductor


Current Activities

  • Chicago Symphony MusicNOW
  • Beth Morrison Projects
  • Mostly Modern Festival
  • Mannes American Music Ensemble
  • L.A. Opera
  • Peabody Modern Orchestra


Recent Activities

  • Symphoniker Hamburg
  • Prototype Festival – production of 3 new operas
  • MACE at Mannes College
  • Alabama Symphony Orchestra
  • New World Symphony
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic – Brooklyn Festival
  • London Sinfonietta
  • Orchestra of St. Luke’s
  • Steve Reich Ensemble
  • Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW
  • Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
  • The Silk Road Project



Co-founder of Alarm Will Sound, a versatile ensemble that performs a wide range of styles ranging from European to American works, from the arch-modernist to the pop-influenced. The ensemble fosters close relationships with contemporary composer and has commissioned and premiered many pieces. Alarm Will Sound itself includes many composer-performers, which allows for an unusual degree of insight into the creation and performance of new work.

  • David Lang Writing on Water – Alarm Will Sound (Cantaloupe Music) Chicago Tribune Best Recordings of 2018
  • Alarm Will Sound is the resident ensemble at the annual Mizzou International Composers Festival, held each July in Columbia, MO focusing on world premiere performances of music by emerging composers.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art – Alarm Will Sound (4-concert series)
  • ASCAP Concert Music Award
  • John Adams’ Son of Chamber Symphony world premiere
  • Carnegie Hall workshop collaboration with Dawn Upshaw and Osvaldo Golijov
  • 1969 - a multimedia performance piece - created and toured with Alarm Will Sound



  • The Last Hotel - Crash Ensemble with Claudia Boyle, Robin Adams,  Katherine Manley (Cantaloupe Records)
  • Omnisphere - Medeski Martin & Wood - Alarm Will Sound (Indirecto Records)
  • David Lang Writing on Water – Alarm Will Sound (Cantaloupe Music)
  • Andrew Hamilton Music for People - Crash Ensemble with Michelle O'Rourke (NMC Recordings)
  • Wang Lu: Urban Inventory Scott Johnson: Mind Out of Matter Alarm Will Sound (New Focus Recordings)
  • Crash Ensemble: Ghosts (Bedroom Community)
  • Alarm Will Sound and Meet the Composer: Splitting Adams (Cantaloupe Music)
  • Keep In Touch - Nico Muhly and Nadia Sirota - Detroit Symphony with Leonard Slatkin and Alarm Will Sound (Bedroom Community)
  • David T. Little Dog Days - Newspeak with James Bobic, Marnie Breckenridge, Cherry Duke, John Kelly, Michael Marcotte, Peter Tansis, Lauren Worsham (VIA Records)
  • Modernists - Alarm Will Soundf (Cantaloupe Music)
  • Steve Reich Tehillim and The Desert Music (Cantaloupe Music)
  • Steve Reich Radio Rewrite– Alarm Will Sound (Nonsuch Records)
  • Steve Reich Daniel Variations – London Sinfonietta (Nonsuch Records)
  • Donnacha Dennehy ​Grá agus Bás - Dawn Upshaw, Iarla Ó Lionáird and the Crash Ensemble (Nonsuch Records)
  • Derek Bermel Canzonas Americanas– Alarm Will Sound (Cantaloupe Records)
  • Alarm Will Sound a/rhythmia – Alarm Will Sound(Nonesuch Records)
  • Alarm Will Sound Plays the Music of Aphex Twin (Cantaloupe Music)
  • Silk Road Journeys - Yo-Yo Ma (Sony Classical)


Concert & Recording Reviews

  • "...the best live music I’ve heard so far this year "- New York Times
    March 2018 
  • "The ensemble playing … was finer than one has heard in this music, live or on recording, by a considerable margin - New York Classical Review March 2018
  • "...these are the recordings to have” - Fanfare Magazine July 2017 
  • Best opera recording from Best 50 Albums of 2016 - NPR
  • "Pierson led a dynamic and propulsive performance... handling the mercilessly exposed writing withaplomb." - Chicago Classical Review November 2016
  • "The spectacular score…is exquisitely realized by Crash Ensemble under the excellent guidance of conductor Alan Pierson.”  - The Examiner - September 2015



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